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What Are Production and Export Trends for Chilean Avocados?

Feb 3, 2022
Edited By
Seujin Jang
Feb 3, 2022
Edited By
Seujin Jang
Chile exported 133K mt of avocados in MY 2019/2020. Production and export volumes in MY 2020/2021 were historically low due to drought. Production in MY 2021/2022 is set to be higher than the previous year. Current markets (MY 2021/2022) are more stable than MY 2020/2021, with internal consumption having grown significantly. This is set to place less pressure on exports.

MY 2019/2020

  • Chile exported 133K mt of Avocados
  • 8 Companies exported 110K tons of the total 133k mt, which is more than 80%. As seen, these exports were heavily dominated by a few players

MY 2020/2021 (2020 Aug – 2021 Feb)

  • This Marketing Year recorded a historic low in production and export volumes due to heavy drought
  • The Peruvian and Colombian Avocado market took market share from that of Chile's

MY 2021/2022

  • Production: Set to be higher than that of the previous year. It remains uncertain, however, whether it will recover to previous production levels 
  • Chilean Avocado Production estimates are particularly difficult to achieve, due to the fact that most avocado-producing orchards exist in hills. The great variability of hill structure and compositions, compounded by uneven topography make estimations difficult to perform
  • Markets are more stable than last year, and internal consumption has grown significantly, which is set to put minimal pressure on exports
  • It is worth noting that growers are making more money selling in the domestic market rather than exporting abroad
  • Positive import trends will remain in China. Chinese buyers have demonstrated their willingness to pay high prices for Chilean avocados given the particular oily quality that Chilean avocados possess, as opposed to other avocados like Peruvian avocados. For instance, in September 2021, a Chinese buyer paid for Chilean avocados, at the rate of USD 10/kg

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